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Elegant, Passionate Witchery

Elegant, Passionate Witchery

Kate Bush
Kate Bush

Kate Bush’s first album came out when she was just 20 years old, in 1978. She had been “discovered” prior to that by David Gilmour, of Pink Floyd fame. I imagine it wasn’t that difficult to notice how unusual she was, how eccentric, cerebral, gifted, and glowingly strange. Many of my favorite female singer/songwriters from the 90s were influenced a great deal by her. Milla Jovovich, Tori Amos, and P.J. Harvey, especially. And she was quite the buzz in the literary circles of two colleges I attended. Which made sense. Sound and sense. Kate Bush utilized literary sources for many of her songs, and recently contributed to the songtrack of The Golden Compass.… |To be Continued “Elegant, Passionate Witchery”

Imogen Heap: Ethereal Girl

Imogen Heap: Ethereal Girl

I first discovered Imogen Heap’s glorious sweet voice while watching Zack Braff’s film, “Garden State.” Bought the soundtrack. Followed the trail from there.

Heap’s music is like no other, with her surreal, ethereal, ghostly musical tones and sequences, crafted by a magically eccentric woman-child, waiting to be set free by that music. Electronica with a truly human face. Ethereality with the gaze of a beautiful child become beautiful woman who never forgot that child and can’t. Imogen Heap’s influences are said to include Kate Bush, Bjork and Annie Lennox, though she takes her music in decidedly different directions. Classically trained on the piano, cello and clarinet, she seems the natural polyphonic genius, adept at using new technology as well to heighten her command over her material, as this video shows:

Singers who also play woodwind instruments tend to have more control over their voices.… |To be Continued “Imogen Heap: Ethereal Girl”

Milla Jovovich’s The Divine Comedy

Milla Jovovich’s The Divine Comedy

I first fell for her music back in 1994, and fell hard, after hearing her debut album that year. All of 18 when she made her first and only album, Milla Jovovich created one of the most inspired and brilliant musical introductions in recent memory. She wrote every song but one, “In the Glade,” which she adapted from a traditional Ukrainian folk balad. Adapted with a sweet melancholy beyond her years. The entire album is beyond her years — wise, exotic, sensual and mysterious. Like the video above, it is surreal and poignant at the same time, something most surrealists couldn’t quite bring off.… |To be Continued “Milla Jovovich’s The Divine Comedy”

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